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Nobel for Canadian scientist

Great price for a lifetime came days too late for Canada Ralph Steinman, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his pioneering work on the immune system.


Discovery owns 68 years of biological cells, which help to prolong his life but he died Friday after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer, said his daughter told AFP.


"We told him:" Wait until Monday, "said Alexis Steinman, 34," We joke, we said: "You know, you should continue until the Nobel Prize."


He said the family was told just to win Steinman, when her mother found the e-mail on your mobile phone, what is "into silence."


Hope was a few years ago, when he heard that he was raised on the list for the Nobel Prize. He did not win this year, he remembered, but his family has considered the possibility every year since.


Steinman joint award with the United States by Bruce Beutler and Jules Hoffmann, Luxembourg-born naturalized French citizens, for their work in a complex defense system in response to a signal molecule antibodies and killer cells to release microbial invasion.


"The report is bitter, because we knew Ralph and family this morning? That came a few days ago after a long battle with cancer. Our review of Ralph's wife, children and families," says Marc Tessier-Lavigne, president of Rockefeller University in New York where he worked.


At the university in his statement he was "delighted" to learn of Honor winners, and Steinman said that "extending the life of dendritic cell based immunotherapy of his own design."


Nobel Committee in Stockholm, Sweden, said the price would be there, though usually not given posthumously.


"We just received the information. What we can do is regrettable that he did not experience the joy," Göran Hansson, director of the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet, was quoted as saying the Swedish news agency TT.


"It is the work of man from the dead will be valid only price, but if the winner dies before receiving the gift, the gift will be presented." According to the rules committee,


Steinman was in Montreal, Canada, 14, was born in January 1943 and a degree in medicine at Harvard University in 1968.


She and her colleagues found Zanvil Cohn in 1973, a new type of cells called dendritic cells.


Steinman, "speculated that it may be important in the immune system and proceed to verify that dendritic cells can activate T-lymphocytes, a type of cell that plays an important role in adaptive immunity," said the Nobel committee.


"This discovery was initially skeptical, but later met with the work of Steinman showed that dendritic cells, the unique ability to activate T-cells"


Tessier-Lavigne said that research is the "basis for the discovery of many very important areas of immunology and offers new, innovative approaches, we performed the treatment of cancer, infectious diseases and diseases of the immune system."


Steinman began work at Rockefeller University in 1970 as an intern and was appointed director Christopher Browne Center for Immunology and of autoimmune diseases in 1998.


He received numerous awards during his lifetime, including the 2007 Lasker Prize for Basic Medical Research in 2009 and Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, which he shared with Beutler.


"I think it's a great tragedy, it is not long enough to know that he won the Nobel Prize to live," said Beutler said.


"He won many other prestigious awards," he added. "He knew the (Nobel) are fit, that's for sure."


Steinman daughter Alexis said that the family knows the news about the prestigious award has been postponed.


". ... He is always hoping, but was very humble, said:" its great scientists, they choose someone else, "he told AFP.


"He is sick and he thinks that his time is over.

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